As the world’s most populous country and a regular contender for the no. 1 spot on travellers’ bucket lists, China is a place that has to be seen to be believed. Within its 9.6 million square kilometers, China boasts 1.35 billion people, 47 UNESCO World Heritage sites (ranking it 2nd behind Italy), 14,500 kilometers of coastline and 5,000 years of continuous history – not to mention a world of cultural experiences that’ll astound even the most veteran globetrotters.
But for first-time visitors, wrapping your brain around just how much there is to see, taste, explore and experience in China is enough to make your head spin! The questions leading up to your first journey are endless. Where should you go in China? What food is not-to-miss? What are the most important cultural do’s and don’ts? Is it really as inexpensive as everyone says it is?
If you’re nearly ready to book your first tour to China, do your research to answer your burning questions. Here’s what you should know before your inaugural China journey, and how to make sure you don’t miss out on the very best of this incredible nation.